Attempted coup d'état in Bolivia: the insurgent army begins to withdraw | EUROtoday

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Bolivia is experiencing moments of most political stress this Wednesday after the violent entry of a bunch of troopers into the Quemado Palace, the headquarters of the Government in La Paz. The president, Luis Arce, has known as on the inhabitants to “mobilize against the coup d'état.” “We cannot allow the coup attempts to return,” he mentioned from the Casa Grande del Pueblo, a constructing adjoining to the Palacio Quemado. Behind the riot is the top of the Army till this Tuesday, Juan José Zúñiga, dismissed after warning that he wouldn’t permit a brand new authorities of former president Evo Morales. After the riot, Arce appointed a brand new army chief, who ordered the troopers to return to the barracks. After the designation, the uniformed personnel have begun to withdraw. The coup try has been condemned by your entire Bolivian political spectrum and by the worldwide group.

After 5 within the afternoon in Bolivia, just a few hours after the beginning of the coup try, Luis Arce appeared from the Casa Grande del Pueblo to attempt to convey unity and calm to the inhabitants. Supported by his ministers and Vice President David Choquehuanca, he emphasised: “We are going to appease unconstitutional appetites.” “We call on the Bolivian people to mobilize and remain calm. “All together we are going to defeat any coup attempt.”

Army Cmdr. Gen. Juan Jose Zuniga sits inside an armored vehicle at Plaza Murillo in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, June 26, 2024. Armored vehicles rammed into the doors of Bolivia's government palace Wednesday as President Luis Arce said the country faced an attempted coup. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

One of Arce's first measures has been to nominate a brand new army command. The new General Commander of the Army, José Wilson Sánchez, has demanded that the troops return to the barracks: “I ask, I order, I provide that all personnel who are on the streets must return to their units.” Immediately afterwards, Sánchez assured that “General Zúñiga has been a good commander and we ask him not to let our soldiers' blood be spilled.” “We are going to be vigilant that the legally constituted Government remains, in accordance with the rules of the State,” in reference to the Constitution. Following the decision of the brand new head of the Army, the army coup leaders have begun to withdraw from Murillo Square.

“An elite has taken charge of the country, vandals who have destroyed the country,” Zúñiga beforehand mentioned from Murillo Square, in entrance of the Government Palace, establishing himself because the chief of the riot. “The Armed Forces intend to restructure democracy that is a true democracy, not one of owners who have already been in power for 30 and 40 years. We are going to free all political prisoners. From [la expresidenta Jeanine] Añez, the lieutenant colonels, the captains who are imprisoned. The Armed Forces do not lack balls to ensure the future of our children,” added the soldier, earlier than moving into an armored automobile.

The stress started to be felt when the insurgent army put up barricades to forestall individuals from reaching Plaza Murillo in response to the presidential name. At the identical time, they’ve launched fuel on the inhabitants demonstrating in opposition to them. Moments earlier than some troopers entered the Palacio Quemado, General Zúñiga had declared to the press that “the mobilization of all military units” seeks to specific their annoyance “at the situation in the country.” He additionally acknowledged that he continued to obey President Luis Arce “for now,” however that he’ll take measures to “change the Government Cabinet.”

Military police fire tear gas at people in Plaza Murillo, where the government headquarters is located.
Military police launch fuel in opposition to the inhabitants in Plaza Murillo, the place the Government headquarters is positioned.Juan Karita (AP)

In a video that she uploaded to social networks, the Minister of the Presidency, Marianela Prada, additionally denounced an “attempted coup d'état,” however restricted it to a “faction of the Army.” “I am in the Big House of the People. Plaza Murillo is taken over by a faction of the Army that has mobilized and taken people out of the plaza and taken over the four corners,” she mentioned.

The Minister of Public Works, Edgar Montaño, identified that this can be a protest by the Army Command and that the Government goes to defend democracy. Vice Minister Jorge Silva, for his half, mentioned that your entire Arce Cabinet is positioned within the Casa Grande del Pueblo. “We call to defend democracy.”

The army in Murillo Square fired tear fuel and pellets in opposition to a bunch of residents who shouted: “I fight, you are not alone.” Several calls are being made to the inhabitants to return out and reject the army coup in progress. The Bolivian Workers' Central (COB), the biggest within the nation, known as to “rise up against the coup plotters and the fateful event they have perpetrated.” An indefinite common strike was declared and all unions have been known as to journey to La Paz to defend the Government. “We call the Armed Forces to reflect. Respect democracy and the rule of law. It is not for one person, but for everyone,” mentioned Juan Carlos Guarachi, secretary of the COB.

The former Minister of Defense of the Evo Morales governments, Reymi Ferreira, has tried to convey some peace of thoughts. He dominated out that it was a coup d'état, as a result of, he mentioned, “the military units are calm.” “I don't think it's a coup. It is an act of arrogance by Zúñiga. It is a danger to democracy, but it is a movement without a future and will not prosper. It must be taken as a precedent,” he warned.

The riot united the opposition in help of the Government, even probably the most radical teams. Luis Fernando Camacho, former governor of Santa Cruz, gave his “support for institutions and democracy.” “The mandate of the popular vote must be respected, any action against it is absolutely illegal and unconstitutional,” he wrote on social networks. Former President Carlos Mesa, in the meantime, warned that “the mandate of the current government must end on November 8, 2025. Any attempt like this is nothing other than a coup d'état. “Citizen Community aligns itself with the militant defense of democracy”

Zúñiga misplaced his place on Tuesday after a collection of threats in opposition to Morales. “He can no longer be president of this country. If necessary,” he mentioned, “I will not allow you to trample on the Constitution, to disobey the mandate of the people.” In a excessive tone, he famous that the Armed Forces are “the armed arm of the people, the armed arm of the country.”

The disaster is framed by an extended change of assaults between the previous president and the present president, Luis Arce, as soon as allies and at present enemies. Arce identified in speeches earlier than numerous state safety forces, such because the presidential escort regiment and the Bolivian Police, {that a} “soft coup” is underway to shorten his mandate, of which he implicitly accuses Morales. “Behind apparently legitimate demands, there is actually a plan to shorten terms, which hides a greater danger: the destruction of the Plurinational State, of our productive community social economic model and of the dreams of Bolivian men and women,” mentioned the president. , former Minister of Economy in the course of the Morales Government.

Meanwhile, the nation is struggling an financial disaster with shortages of {dollars} and gas. There are additionally bulletins of social protests that the Government considers led by “evismo”, which the sectors concerned deny. The Legislative Assembly, which at present is majority opposition, is paralyzed by the intervention of the Judicial Branch and by the suspension of its periods by its president, David Choquehuanca, who can be the vp.

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